I was just about to leave the house and head to my dear friend Kim O’Donnel‘s to work on a baking project. Since I had lingered over my cup of tea a bit longer than I planned, I called to let her know I was running a bit late.
“Did you know Christina Choi? She passed away. An aneurysm.”
Shock. Disbelief. Speechless. Christina was just 34.
I did not know her well but had met her on more than one occasion, eaten at her restaurant, Nettletown, and had certainly felt her influence as so many had.
Within minutes the word of her passing had spread in the tight-knit Seattle culinary community.
Kim and I decided to go ahead with our project. We lit a candle in Christina’s name and started to bake…letting love and creativity flow through our hands…laughing, telling stories, creating and experimenting in free form. Free form like Christina.
Kim wrote that Christina was a “culinary rising star”.
And she is…rising on the horizon…shining down on all of us.
Shine brightly, Christina.